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Virus Updates: Toxic Hand Sanitizers Warning; Phase 3 Vaccine Trial

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Virus Updates: Toxic Hand Sanitizers Warning; Phase 3 Vaccine Trial

The director of the World Health Organization Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus tweeted Monday morning that the coronavirus pandemic is "easily the most severe" global health emergency of the six that have ever been declared.

Ghebreyesus’ statement comes after the number of confirmed virus cases worldwide topped 16 million Sunday, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University . The U.S. leads the count with 4.23 million cases and 147,000 deaths, according to NBC News .

Florida surpassed New York on Sunday to become the state with the second highest number of virus cases, with more than 9,000 new cases pushing Florida’s case count close to 424,000. California currently has the most cases in the U.S. with more than 455,000.

The Trump administration and Senate Republicans are expected to roll out a $1 trillion virus aid plan Monday as a $600 federal unemployment benefit expires Friday. Talks within the party had unraveled last week as the White House and GOP senators were at odds over various items, including how to cutback the jobless benefit without fully doing away with it.

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Meanwhile, the world’s biggest COVID-19 vaccine study got underway Monday with the first of 30,000 planned volunteers helping to test shots created by the U.S. government — one of several candidates in the final stretch of the global vaccine race.

White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said last week that a virus vaccine likely won’t be "widely available" to the American public until "several months" into 2021, CNBC reported .

In brighter news, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention decreased the amount of time people with mild to moderate COVID-19 need to stay in […]

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